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Pete Sepp

Government contributes to a growing economy by creating a consistent legal system that protects property rights and innovation. Also, by fostering a friendly business environment, where one business does not get preferential treatment over another, commercial activity enriches the many instead of the politically-connected few.

A small and responsible government that keeps taxes low and provides basic functions according to a constitutional charter, allows the most effective mechanism for distributing goods and services, the free market, to flourish. That creates a consumer-driven economy with a low burden of government, and prosperity is inevitable. We know this to be the case not only internationally (see above, but among the states. See, for example, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s analysis, Rich States, Poor States.

Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union, Pete Sepp